2014-2015 Symposium

This year’s symposium will be held in the spring semester of 2015.

2013-2014 Symposium

Toward a Clean Energy Future: Powering Innovation with Law

November 1, 2013, 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Room 1457
UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity qualifies for 6.5 hours of general MCLE credit

Courtesy parking will be available. Please see attendant at “Parking and Information Kiosk 2″ at Hilgard Ave and Westholme Ave for your parking pass.

Toward a Clean Energy Future: Powering Innovation with Law

Over the next forty years, the global energy system must undergo a radical transformation to stabilize our climate.  Law and policy will play a key role in that transformation, both in terms of promoting innovation and preventing its unintended consequences.  Our legal institutions will need to spur massive technological innovation.  At the same time, we need to develop policies that will be durable across multiple decades yet flexible enough to respond to new information about the science of climate change, the economic effects of government policy and the impact of technological change on our energy systems.

This year’s UCLA Law Review symposium will address how to spur technological innovation and change in the global energy economy.  The symposium would examine the impact of law and policy in a variety of modalities, including: (1) directly promoting innovation; (2) creating demand through regulation, including questions of relative effectiveness of different policy instruments, and attaining the appropriate rate of innovation through regulation; and (3) balancing innovation with protection of human health and the environment.

7:30: Doors open, Breakfast served

8:45: Opening Remarks by Dean Moran

9:00- 10:30 Technology Assessment Panel

Over next decades, development and deployment of innovative energy technologies system will be critical in responding to the challenges of climate change.  Law and policy will play a key role in that effort.  Historically, however, new technologies supported directly and indirectly by government incentives and regulation have faced two challenges.  What unintended adverse health, environmental, social and other consequences may result? What are the commercial, institutional, legal, political, technological, and cultural barriers to the design, development, and adoption of new technologies?  This panel will examine whether and how methods of technology evaluation can be integrated into policymaking so as to minimize these two challenges. 

Albert Lin, UC Davis School of Law
Gary Marchant, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Jennie Stephens, Clark University

Moderator: Tim Malloy, UCLA School of Law

10:40-12:10: International Energy Innovation Panel

What are countries outside of the U.S. doing to encourage clean energy innovation?  How much progress is being made?  What domestic lessons can be learned from international efforts?  Panelists will address the ways in which law and policy can encourage or stymie innovation in the global energy sector and the ways in which innovation can spread beyond national borders. 

Alex Wang, UCLA School of Law
David Victor, UC San Diego
Suzanne Scotchmer, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA School of Law 

12:10 -1:15: Lunch (Courtyard) 

1:30-3:00: Opportunities and Obstacles to Energy Innovation Panel

How do we encourage the development and diffusion of new energy technology?  What obstacles exist to getting clean energy technology to market?  Panelists will discuss legal, structural, governance, and economic barriers and incentives that can either hinder or encourage the development of innovative energy technology and policy. 

William Boyd, University of Colorado Law School
Dalia Patino-Echeverria, Duke
Michael Vandenberg, Vanderbilt Law School

Moderator: Ann Carlson, UCLA School of Law

3:15-4:45: Law and Energy Innovation Panel

What role should law play in encouraging innovation in the domestic energy sector?  Can law stand in the way of the development of clean technology, or can it help lead a transformation to a low carbon future?  Panelists will discuss examples of domestic legal systems and structures that have or are helping lead to the delivery of cleaner energy technology.

Sarah Light, University of Pennsylvania
Joel Eisen, University of Richmond School of Law
Ted Parson, UCLA School of Law

Moderator: Kathy Trisolini, Loyola Law School


4:45-5:00: Closing Remarks

5:00-6:00:  Cocktail Reception (Courtyard)

6:30-8:30:  Closing Dinner for Faculty, Panelists, Law Review Members (TBA)


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